Iowa Learning Farms Webinar to Explore Past, Present, Future of Bioreactors

November 6, 2017, 1:54 pm | Julie Winter, Jacqueline Comito

AMES, Iowa – As substantial investments in drainage systems continue to be made across the Midwest, the use of edge-of-field practices like woodchip bioreactors can help treat tile-drained water and meet water quality goals. Laura Christianson, professional engineer and assistant Pprofessor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, will present on bioreactor basics, what is known about how bioreactors work and novel ideas to make bioreactors work better during the Iowa Learning Farms webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at noon.  

“Woodchip bioreactors are a scientifically proven method to clean nitrate from tile drainage, and there are lots of good ideas being explored through research to make them work even better,” Christianson commented. Christianson has nine years of experience focused on agricultural drainage water quality and denitrification bioreactors for point and nonpoint nitrogen treatment.

The Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar series will take place on the third Wednesday of each month at noon. To log in, go to at noon and log in through the “guest” option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at

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